Citizen Klain gets it

Ron Klain was chief of staff to Vice President Al Gore and a senior advisor to Gore’s 2000 campaign. If I’m not mistaken, he has also served in Bill Clinton’s Office of White House Counsel and on Tom Daschle’s Senate staff, and was once a top staffer for the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Despite these dubious credentials, the word among conservatives I respect is that he’s a good guy, and that was my impression when I met him some years ago.
In today’s Los Angeles Times, Klain warns Democrats not to make light of President Bush’s invocation of “the Almighty” in the defense of his Iraq policy. The president, you may recall, argued that “freedom is the Almighty’s gift to every man and woman in this world.” Apparently, the Democratic reaction has been a mixture of contempt and fear that Bush has embarked on a “relgious war.” In Klain’s view, though, this is a dangerous path for Democrats. Why? Because “for countless independent and swing voters, Bush’s invocation of divine inspiration said far more about his values

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